Departure Restaurant: Environmental Design & Install


A collaboration with Skylab Architecture, we extended the design concept for the dining experience—“Towards Destinations Unknown”—into a series of graphic 3D installations in Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado.

Travel By Air

Each visit to Departure offers a new experience. In Denver, we travel by air, shown through illuminated flight paths, topographic artistry, and an unexpected peek into travelers’ luggage (oh, the stories they tell).

Travel By Sea

In Portland, we travel by sea, where a montage of nautical maps create an unknown land with irreverent names like Urge Island, Frantic Sound, Jimmy Cliff, Scared Strait and Sea of Love. A nod to nautical wayfinding, rubber tubing creates dimensional shadow play and maps feature color treatments reminiscent of Japanese printmaking.

Surprise and delight, then repeat.

Extending the design concept into environmental graphics is a gimme. The unexpected? Multiple levels of read and something to discover every visit.